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Collezione Tagliavini

c/o Oratorio di San Calombano Via Parigi 5 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 19936366

Fax +39 051 279480

Reference maps: C-3

Date of last update: 17/02/2020, 09:43

The Church of San Colombano is an ancient monastic complex founded, according to tradition, in 616. Deconsecrated in 1798, it now houses the Tagliavini collection of ancient musical instruments  and the specialised library of the Bolognese musicologist Oscar Mischiati. Within the premises there is also the Oratory of San Colombano, renowned for its cycles of seventeenth-century frescoes.

The collection, which is unique in value and number of pieces, embraces many Italian and European schools and consists of seventy restored instruments, including clavichords, organs, harpsichords, spinets, pianos and a collection of wind and popular instruments dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries.

The oratory was built in 1591 and, a few years later, it was decorated with a cycle of frescoes inspired by the Stories of the Passion (Storie della passione) and the Triumph of Christ (Trionfo di Cristo) by a group of artists led by Ludovico Carracci, including Guido Reni, Domenichino, Francesco Albani.

The Complex of S. Colombano and the Tagliavini Collection are part of the cultural, artistic and museum itinerary of Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città (Museums in the City) and of the  Bologna Welcome Cardcircuit. Admission is free for Card holders.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL.  Ring road exits  n. 2, 3, 4 direction city center.

  • Free entry for Bologna Welcome Card holders
  • Combined and single tickets are available for all museums of Genus Bononiae. Info (in Italian) on www.genusbononiae.it
  • Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna, Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, San Colombano. Collezione Tagliavini, Santa Maria della Vita are part of the Musei Metropolitani Card circuit. details

Collezione Tagliavini: from Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 1pm, 3pm - 7pm. Monday closed.
Oratorio di San Colombano: from Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 7pm. Monday closed.